Unless you make a big splash in your apprenticeship, and those riders are few and far between, it can be really tough when you come out of you time. The academy is no longer a safe haven and you have to rely on wits, ability and just plain hard work if you are going to make a decent career as a jockey.
Serino Moodley is not long out of his time and his hard work is starting to pay off as he collected a double at Hollywoodbets Scottsville yesterday.
Ashburton-based trainers generally have to rely on apprentices to ride the majority of their work and fully-fledged jockeys are a rare sight.
Moodley’s efforts to make the trip up from Durban in the mornings are starting to pay dividends as he is picking up some good rides and proving well worth his booking.
Gary Rich has a small string but he has been around the block a time or three and when he gets a good one, he makes the most of it. Connect Me picked up her fifth win as Moodley made all the running and kept her firing all the way to the line to comfortably hold off the attentions of Philae and favourite Stelvio in the fifth.
Earlier, Moodley judged a perfectly timed run for Karen and Greg Anthony on the filly Abbey in the fourth.
Moodley has been on the wrong end of the new 12 strikes and you are out whip rule but hefty fines kept his arm in check yesterday.
Luke Ferraris is one apprentice that has made a splash and although he comes from a family steeped in racing and as a result has been given ample opportunity to prove himself, he has made the most of his good fortune and the started the new season as champion apprentice.
Bay Tibbs was something of an armchair ride for Garth Puller in the third but the favourite was last for most of the race. In the straight, Ferraris was aware that he had plenty of horse under him and instead of ducking for a clear run up the inside, he anticipated an opening and drove Bay Tibbs through to win well. It was not the greatest of opposition but Bay Tibbs won with authority.
By Andrew Harrison